The Mission Statement:

The mission statement of Your Life Matters Empowerment Alliance, Inc. is to convey the sense of being valued for those who have felt marginalized as a result of violent or aggressive behavior. Our aim is to eradicate bullying in all forms and in all places, particularly schools, the workplace, and the Internet.

We want to reach those who tend to be targets of violence to engage them in training designed to build self-esteem, teach conflict resolution skills, connect them with resources, and to encourage participation in martial arts.

Our goal is to educate others about the pervasiveness of bullying and how it contributes to rates of depression, suicide, feelings of helplessness and hopelessness, and hostility in the workplace.

We are passionate about teaching peace. We are advocates for justice. We trust in the decency and authenticity of the human spirit. We ask you to join us in our mission.

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The Facts on Bullying

The Facts on Bullying


In the United States of America:


28% of United States students in grades 6 -12 have experienced bullying. 20% of United States students in grades 9 – 12 have experienced bullying. Only about 20 to 30% of students who are bullied notify adults about the bullying.

In general, the United States has an about average amount of bullying when compared to other countries according to a World Health Organization Survey. (http://Https://


60.3 million U. S. workers are effected by workplace bullying. (http://Http://


75% of employees surveyed had been affected by workplace bullying, whether as a target or a witness. (http://Https://



In the Roanoke Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA):


The local public school division is Roanoke City Public Schools. The city is divided into 49 individually defined neighborhoods. The city is divided into four quadrants: Northwest (NW), Northeast (NE), Southwest (SW), and Southeast (SE). The city represents nearly one-third of the population of the metropolitan area, which includes the neighboring City of Salem, Town of Vinton, and the counties of Botetourt, Craig, Franklin, and Roanoke. The City of Roanoke is the largest municipality in Southwest Virginia, and is the principal
municipality of the Roanoke Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA).
(http://City of Roanoke, VA (.gov)


It is estimated that 64% of school-age children across the United States of America have been bullied. If we apply those statistics to the Roanoke Valley’s current enrollment of 29, 919 students, approximately 19, 148 students have experienced bullying in our local schools. (Researched by Colleen Burns, C. E. O. & Founder and revised by Stephen Niamke, Chairperson of Your Life Matters Empowerment Alliance). 

Where Do You Go?

Where Do You Go?


Where Do You Go? 

I came up with a story concept after I heard Susan Odella’s “Where Do You Go?” back in 2016. Susan had contacted me and offered her music to me to use in an anti-bullying campaign. This song was not the original one offered to me (it was “Every 7 Minutes”). When I went to her website to listen to her music, I fell in love with “Where Do You Go?” and asked her if I could use that song in addition to “Every 7 Minutes.”

I came up with the concept of using “Where Do You Go?” as to visiting Your Life Matters Empowerment Alliance when a victim of bullying may not know where to go or turn to when in an emotional state and looking for answers to bullying on the Web. Not only can you visit our website to look for answers in which may help you, but we serve those victims of bullying to feel inspired, empowered, and in a better state than when they arrived to Your Life Matters Empowerment Alliance website.

May this video make you be in a better state than when you first arrived.